Credit Limits and Increases

As an Arts student, you are eligible to take up to 30 credits over the winter session (32 credits for first-year students) and 14 credits in the summer session (summer credits are not required).

Standard Credit Limits and Increases

SessionStandard Credit LimitCredit Increase
Winter Session
Terms 1 & 2
(Sept-April)
  • Term 1 (Sept-Dec) 15 credits

  • Term 2 (Jan-April) 15 credits

Total of 30 credits, over both Winter Terms.
(32 credits for first-year students)
  • Term 1 (Sept-Dec) 3 extra credits

  • Term 2 (Jan-April) 3 extra credits

A maximum of 3 extra credits per each term of the Winter Session for a total of 36 credits.

Summer Session
Terms 1 & 2
(May-Aug)

Total of 14 credits, over both Summer Terms.

A maximum of 3 extra credits, over both Summer Terms, for a total of 17 credits.

Distance Education and Technology

Total of 12 credits for the entire Winter or Summer Session.

A maximum of 3 extra credits, over entire Winter or Summer Session, for a total of 15 credits.

Requesting a Credit Increase

Balancing a full course load is challenging, so a credit increase is not usually recommended, particularly if you work or have other responsibilities. If you choose to take a credit increase you are not eligible for academic concession for issues related to the increased workload. Carefully read the credit increase eligibility requirements below before you request a credit limit increase.

Credit Increase Eligibility Requirements

  • Credit increases are only permitted after general course registration closes and all students have had a chance to register.
  • Credit increases are not granted to accommodate waitlists.
  • In order to accommodate labs, first-year students can register in up to 32 credits without a credit limit increase.

First-year and new students:

  • After completing one winter session term: If you achieved an average of 70% or higher in a minimum of 15 credits with no fails in your first term, you may apply for a credit limit increase of three credits in your second term.
  • After completing the full winter session (two terms): If you achieved an average of 80% or higher in a minimum of 15 credits with no fails in each term, you may apply for a credit increase of up to six credits for the subsequent winter session. No more than six courses are permitted per term.

Second, third and fourth year students:

  • If you completed at least 24 credits and achieved a sessional average of at least 70% with no fails in the previous winter session, you may apply for a credit limit increase of three credits for the subsequent winter session.
  • If you completed at least 24 credits and achieved a sessional average of at least 80% with no fails in the previous winter session, you may apply for a credit limit increase of six credits for the subsequent winter session. No more than six courses are permitted per term.